WhitmanWayfinderArtsAndCommunicationWhile the game industry tends to focus more on technical skills like programming and computer generated imaging, the ability to think critically, understand social and historical constructs, and incorporate them into industry and design standards is the unique background that a Whitman education provides. Whether considering the relationship between industry, user, and content, understanding the ethics of specific genres, or the studying the ways that games have evolved, Whitman's broad curriculum offers a variety of perspectives from which to understand the field.

There are many clubs on campus that will allow you to explore your interests, stretch your skills and make an impact in an area about which you're passionate. Contact the ASWC Club Director at aswc_clubdir@whitman.edu to learn more about current clubs or start your own.

Anime Club
Anime Club meets weekly to watch new and classic anime series and discuss the interaction of Japanese and American cultures. It also hosts a marathon during October Break and plans a trip to Sakura-Con in Seattle each spring.

blue moon
blue moon is a student-staffed annual art and literary magazine funded by ASWC that features outstanding art, prose, poetry, and digital media from the Whitman community.

Bridge Club
Contact Professor Balof to learn more about this club, which meets weekly to play the card game of bridge.

Computer Science at Whitman  (CS@W)
Through meetings, workshops, hackathons, films, and other events, this club promotes coding and computer science in the Whitman community.

quarterlife is a student-run literary magazine funded by ASWC. Four times a year the staff solicits submissions based on a theme and then compiles and prints the issue.

Student Technology Advisory Committee (STAC)
Three appointed students make policy recommendations regarding campus technology services and work with WCTS staff.

Tabletop Games
A group for people who enjoy board games, card games, RPGs, and more.

Trap Shooting Club
Trap Shooting Club aims to teach students gun safety and proper shotgun shooting technique, having fun through hands-on firearm education.

Waiilatpu, a campus media organization funded by ASWC, chronicles each academic year on campus. The student staff photographs events and solicits submissions to compile a visually literate yearbook.

Whitman Action Games
Whitman Action Games provides entertaining diversions from the daily routine of campus life. This club organizes weeklong games of Humans vs. Zombies as well as single-day "missions" throughout the semester.

Whitman Video Games Club
A group for video game enthusiasts to convene.

Community involvement helps students understand a broad range of issues and is becoming increasingly important in the eyes of many employers. For more ways to connect with local organizations, contact the Student Engagement Center in Reid Campus Center.

Fellowships and grants afford many students the opportunity to continue their learning beyond graduation in high-impact programs. For more information, please contact the Office of Fellowships and Grants in Reid Campus Center.

DAAD Study Scholarship in Visual and Performing Arts
The DAAD Study Scholarship in Visual and Performing Arts is awarded to students that are highly motivated and qualified in the fields of fine arts, design/visual communication, and film. The study scholarship will also receive an opportunity to complete additional studies, even if the student has not earned a formal degree at a German institute of higher education.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants motivated students an individually designed study/research or an English teaching assistantship in a single country. It also facilitates a cultural exchange because the scholars will be engaging in direct interaction within the classroom, field, home and in daily tasks that allow for students to gain an appreciation of other viewpoints and beliefs, customs and approaches to daily life within an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Goldwater Scholarship
The Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage high motivated students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. During the scholarship awarding process, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives, as well as their potential to thrive and contribute to this area. Each scholarship will cover the eligible expenses for the undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

To learn more about working on campus, visit the Student Employment page. We have general job search resources here. For employers committed to diversity and opportunities for minorities, visit workplacediversity.com, nemnet.com, and blackcollegian.com.

Industry Job Boards

Internships and on-campus employment are excellent for accumulating work experience, developing your narrative, and broadening your network. Note that the list below is not comprehensive. Check sites such as vault.com and internships.com for more opportunities.

To see what Game Design internships Whitman students have held in the past, check out the Whitman Internship Database and search "Game Design" or "Arts & Communication".

Studying away from campus is a fantastic way to learn more about the world, as well as an excellent experience upon which you'll draw throughout your academic and professional career. For more information, contact Off-Campus Studies in Memorial.

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM)
Through the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, students learn mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars in English. Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. The instructors of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics are members of the three institutions in Budapest known for having educated more than half of Hungary's highly acclaimed mathematicians. The school is near the center of historic Budapest, classes are small, living costs are modest, and all courses are taught in English.

DIS: Copenhagen
In the DIS Copenhagen program, students can take a variety of courses in English while experiencing immersion in Copenhagen, Denmark. This program provides students with an academically challenging environment where students can take over 200 elective course that are all taught in English. There are several cultural engagements opportunities like course-integrated study tours, DIScovery Trips, and housing.

University of Otago
Whitman students may enroll directly at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, as visiting students, through an agreement with Whitman college. The University has 19,000 students, offers a broad range of courses, and is particularly appealing to students of biology, geology, and environmental studies because of the unusual geologic features of the South Island and the rare flora and fauna of the area. The city of Dunedin is a "university town" of about 120,000 inhabitants and the University is conveniently located near downtown bookstores, shops, and cafes.

IFSA Butler: Glasgow School of Art
Through the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University, Whitman students may enroll in the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. Glasgow is a vibrant city with a population of 650,000. It is home to the national Scottish companies of ballet, opera, orchestra and chorus. It offers two repertory theaters, the Glasgow Film Theater, galleries, and museums. Serious studio art students who attend the Glasgow School of Art can expect to spend 30-35 hours a week in the studio working on independent projects under faculty supervision.

Here are some possible post-graduate degrees pursued by people in game design. Contact Gayle Townsend at townsegv@whitman.edu for additional information.

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Computer Animation
  • Master's Degree in Animation

Alumni in the Field

Log in to LinkedIn or Whitman Connect to learn about Whitman alumni with jobs in game design.

Potential Job Titles

2D Game Artist
Creative Director
Concept Artist
Data Scientist
Digital Design Manager
Game Designer
Marketing Director
Multimedia Manager
Software Engineer
Video Compositor
Web/Mobile Application Developer